The trial in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar got delayed for the fifth time on Monday with the CBI seeking additional time to respond to his pleas for removal of nine prosecution witnesses and summoning of records from earlier FIRs against him.
“It will take some time to go through all the previous records and decide which are relevant,” CBI prosecutor D P Singh said, while seeking more time to submit the responses. The court has directed the CBI to submit its responses by September 30.
CBI had filed a chargesheet against Kumar and four others — Brahmanand Gupta, Peru, Ved Prakash and Khushal Singh — in January 2010 in connection with the deaths in the Sultanpari area during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Cases had been registered against them following recommendations of the Nanavati commission in 2005.
The trial had been put on hold after Kumar had moved the High Court against the chargesheet. The High Court in July dismissed his plea and the trial is set to commence at a sessions court in Karkarduma.
Originally Published By: Indian Express